Five students from Troy University’s Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program recently took top honors in a national competition.
The team bested other universities in the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) 10th annual Student Competition in Las Vegas, Nev., which included completing a project, a 30-page report, a poster and a 20-minute presentation.
The competition was on hydrographic surveying, said Dr. David Griffin, an assistant professor who helped coordinate the team.
“The project included topographic and hydrographic surveys of Pike County Lake,” Dr. Griffin said. “The field survey results were combined with a digitized bathymetric chart, with the combined results used to perform a sedimentation survey of the 45-acre lake.”
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) allowed students full access to the lake, which was closed to the public during the time the students needed to complete the field work. As an expression of their gratitude, the students presented a map showing the results of the Hydrographic Survey of Pike County Lake to the DCNR and to the community. The map has been installed as a permanent display at the lake, Dr. Griffin said.